Friday, April 28, 2017

The Good and The Bad

So I was fooling around with the new Birthday Message sentiment stamps from Hero Arts and ended up making a good card and a bad card. Okay, it's  not bad, but I don't like it at all. I guess I could send it to someone I don't really like, but really, why would I send them a birthday card in the first place? Ha!

Here's the stamp set.
And here's the bad card. I stamped a bunch of the sentiments on a card in three different inks to get an ombre look. That was fine. Then I cut them apart so the Happy Birthday message was separate...also fine. The part that seemed to mess things up for me was the sequin part.

I love my bling, as you can tell from my blog title, but this just seems eww. I think if I'd just used thin strips of paper or tape (silver maybe?) on either side of the Happy Birthday that might've worked. But the sequins just didn't. It didn't look right with just a couple sequins, so I added more and that didn't help. What?! In what universe does adding more sequins not make things better?!! You can see the ombre inking here better. I used the Summer Sky, Navy and Deep Ocean Hero Arts inks.

Luckily, I was stamping my little heart out, so I ended up with a couple of cards that did work. Whew!

Here's one, using the sentiment stamps and white Unicorn Ink from Hero Arts. I stamped the Happy work on the background just once, so it would fade a little into the cardstock and then stamped it three times on the black so it would stand out more. I think this one would be a good masculine card, and those can be tricky, depending on your recipient.

The other two cards will be up on the a2z Scrapbooking blog Tuesday and Wednesday if you wanna peek at them. They would work for men or women too.

Have a fab weekend, friends! I'll be celebrating my last birthday in my 40s!! Ack, when did that happen?!

Happy Friday,

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Thanks for the Gumball

I made a shaker card, successfully I might add, with the gumball stamp and shaker bits from Jillibean Soup. The shaker part is self-adhesive and deep, so no bits get caught in the adhesive. This is definitely a padded envelope type of card, but it's adorable!
I've had this stamp set awhile, but I finally inked it up with my Hero Arts Hybrid Inks and loved how it turned out. I cut the circle myself with one of the infinity dies from Hero Arts, but you can purchase pre-cut cards too. The stamp set is Sweet Treat from Jillibean Soup, and technically, it doesn't have to be a shaker card, but there's no open circle for the open part of the machine, so you'd have to draw it in.

 You could make your own shaker part too, if you don't like the deep acrylic shaker that matches the stamp set, but I do because I could fit in the gumballs embellishments from My Favorite Things. You could also add a ton of sequins, beads, and stamped gumballs you trim out too.

I've seen it made with cake sprinkles and that's pretty fun.

Here's a close-up of the gumballs. I also used my markers to color in the machine at the bottom, it's striped normally. You get gumballs and jimmies stamps and some sentiments too. I love how quick and easy it was. I know more of these cards are on the way!

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Birthday Fishes

I found some cute fish paper at the local scrap store and bought it, not knowing exactly what I'd do with it. Since April is our family's biggest birthday month (three nephews, two nieces, a great-niece, me, my son, my sister and three friends all have April birthdays), I found a use for it for my nephew's (Henry's) 13th birthday. And I've seen the sentiment Sending Birthday Fishes, so I had to use that with my new paper—the dot paper is the reverse of the fishes.

I used some Diamond Stickles to color one fish and to add sparkle to the numbers. Inside I wrote the fish message and a little fish I cut out and added a party hat to. Don't know why I didn't photograph the inside, but it's in the mail, so you'll have to trust me, ha!

I used some copper line stickers to outline one of the panels, I love these stickers! I have them in gold and silver glitter too. Here they are in close-up.

You can order the fish paper and Stickles from, one of my favorite online stores, and while you're there, check out their free classes. I love learning new stuff and I love free stuff, so it made me extra happy to see these classes. I'm not affiliated with them or anything, just thought I'd offer you a resource that I enjoy.

Happy Monday!

Friday, April 21, 2017

World Creativity & Innovation Day

Thank goodness for the interwebs, I learn so much, like today is World Creativity Day. Who even knew that was a thing? To celebrate, I made some cards. Okay, I was going to make cards anyway, but let's pretend I wasn't.

Here's another take with the Hero Arts Hydrangea stamp. You can also get the matching dies for this, but for this card, I just stamped on blue, heat embossed it in white and used a white prismacolor pencil to color it. Then I added some Diamond Stickles for some of the flower centers and some dots at the bottom of the card. You can't really see them, but I think the glitter adds a lot to the stamp. I know you're surprised that I prefer it with glitter:) 

I'm entering this guy in the A Blog Named Hero anything goes challenge here.

Here's another card, this one using a 2 Cute Ink digi stamp and some Dylusion sprays in green and blue on a card front die cut. 

The first World Creativity & Innovation Day took place in April 2002, and by 2005 it had extended to a week, starting on April 15, the birthday of Leonardo Da Vinci, and culminating in World Creativity and Innovation Day on April 21. Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) was a painter, architect, inventor, and student of all things scientific. His natural genius crossed so many disciplines that he epitomized the term “Renaissance man.” Today he remains best known for his art, including two paintings that remain among the world’s most famous and admired, Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. Art, da Vinci believed, was indisputably connected with science and nature.

Leonardo wasn't formally educated and he was an accomplished lyre player. He wrote backwards and left-handed to disguise his writing so others couldn't get in his business. He developed a wooden rolling machine gun that a man could sit inside and control and I got to sit in a replica in a museum once.

He studied river erosion and realized the earth was older than the Bible suggested. His parachute design was made and used in 2000 by a skydiver. He studied cadavers and replaced the tendons with strings to study how they worked. He was experimenting with painting on stone when he painted The Last Supper, but the experiment failed and few of his original brushstrokes remain, as it has been restored.

And he was, without a doubt, both creative and innovative and a great inspiration.

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Coffee, Tea or Bunnies?

I got this adorable stamp set from Memory Box in preparation for the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop but never got them inked up in time.

I did, however, recently stamp a million and then painted and colored them one night. I spent the next night trimming them out. The following week, I found the matching dies on sale for half off. So, I bought them...after hand trimming this bunch.


It was lots of work but I do love these little guys. I adhered one of them to a panel I had embossed with the Hero Arts Nesting Ovals and then inked up with Distress Inks followed by some Distress Oxide Inks. 

He's so cute! I know I'm going to be using this set lots. And I'll use the matching dies next go-round.

Here's a card from Monday that was over at the a2z Scrapbooking Blog. I was forgetful and didn't post on Monday. I used one of the watercolor panels that I made and blogged about here. I love this Floral Border Die at a2z. So pretty and makes such a big statement with little time or effort. You have until the end of the month to join in our card challenge using your favorite Hero Arts inks, stamps, dies or digis. You could win $25 to the store, so hop over and link up!

Don't forget, my readers get a 15% discount on their $25+cart at a2z Scrapbooking just by using CHARK15 as their coupon code, on clearance or brand-new items!

Happy Wednesday!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Distress Oxide Inks for Easter

I've had playing around with the new Distress Oxide Inks and have posts here and here about them. And I used them with oval infinity dies on this a2z Scrapbooking post to make Easter eggs. 

Today I'm using the Hero Arts Floral Border die in white Bristol paper. 

1. I swiped the Oxide inks in Worn Lipstick, Cracked Pistachio and Blueprint Sketch onto a nonstick craft sheet and sprayed with water.

2. I dragged the paper through the ink and made sure it was fully covered with the ink. Then I let it air dry. The inks were a pretty smooth covering on the paper and as it dried, the shading happened on its own.

3. While it dried, I took some regular (not Oxide) Distress Inks in Squeezed Lemonade, Picked Raspberry and Salted Ocean and swiped those on a nonstick sheet and sprayed those with water. Same process, different types of ink. I dragged the paper through the ink and let it dry too.

4. I die cut the dried and Oxide-inked paper. Then I mounted it to the Distress Inks colored paper. I made sure the blues and pinks were placed opposite to each other.

5. I wrote Love You in white Uniball pen, outlined it in blue pencil and made a card with it. I like how the Oxide inks automatically get some marbling/textured look while the Distress inks just merge and meld together. You can see the difference between the background and the die cut parts here.

If you have some last-minute Easter or coloring needs, you can head to the free digi stamps section of Simply Cards and Papercrafts page. It's where I got this cute guy.

Happy Friday and Happy Easter!